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Meet the world's most constipated lizard

Posted on Monday, 11 May, 2020 | Comment icon 13 comments

The unfortunate lizard was starving as it was unable to digest nutrients. Image Credit: Natalie Claunch
Researchers have found a lizard with such an extreme case of constipation that its weight is 80% faeces.
There's no denying that a diet consisting of large amounts of greasy food can have an adverse effect on your health and this unfortunate lizard, which was discovered near a pizza parlor in Cocoa Beach, Florida, is perhaps the perfect example of what can happen.

When University of Florida researcher Natalie Claunch found the creature, it didn't take long for her to realize that its enormous belly wasn't the result of it carrying eggs.

It turned out that the lizard's tendency to ingest particles of grease-soaked sand from the vicinity of the pizza parlor had caused a huge mass to form inside it that was too dense for it to pass naturally.

Even picking up the ridiculously bloated lizard to examine it proved to be a trying exercise.

"I was concerned that unless I was careful, I might pop it," said scientist Edward Stanley.
"I was blown away by how little room there was left for all the other organs... it has only a tiny space left over in its ribcage for the heart, lungs and liver."

After weighing and scanning the animal, it turned out that the mass inside of it constituted 78.5% of its entire body weight.

According to Claunch, this is in fact "the largest feces-to-body mass ratio recorded in a living animal".

Sadly, due to the lizard's unfortunate situation, there was no choice but to humanely euthanize it.

Source: Live Science | Comments (13)

Tags: Lizard

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #4 Posted by freetoroam on 11 May, 2020, 18:51
Oh great, who is this lizard going to be this time? 
Comment icon #5 Posted by XenoFish on 11 May, 2020, 20:25
Hey, he's got to go. Go, go, godzilla?!?
Comment icon #6 Posted by Piney on 11 May, 2020, 21:42
Comment icon #7 Posted by micahc on 12 May, 2020, 1:06
"humanely euthanized"  hmmm.  it didn't ask you for your help.  just because you find a lizard on the sidewalk doesn't mean you own it. we humans think way too much of ourselves.
Comment icon #8 Posted by 27vet on 12 May, 2020, 7:39
Man is the most destructive creature on this planet, with a few exceptions.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Manwon Lender on 12 May, 2020, 7:56
Ah!!!! all better.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Not Your Huckleberry on 12 May, 2020, 8:11
Poor little guy.  And just an FYI, if you ever decide to keep a lizard as a pet or what have you, very few are truly suitable for substrate that contains any particulates; sand, gravel, small wood chips, etc. Lizards can often ingest these when trying to catch prey and their little bodies can't process it. 
Comment icon #11 Posted by Jaded1 on 12 May, 2020, 11:11
Humanely euthanized  
Comment icon #12 Posted by Matt221 on 13 May, 2020, 8:29
coconut husk is good it's what my daughter uses for her iguana's
Comment icon #13 Posted by Not Your Huckleberry on 13 May, 2020, 8:45
Coco fiber is very safe for most animals. 

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